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Please Participate In The 2017 Short Film Fan Readership Survey

Hey, Short Film Fans!

We’re almost at the end of 2017 and it’s been a very good year for Short Film Fan. The number of visitors and views has increased over last year, while new subscribers have signed-up. Also, more filmmakers (from Canada as well as beyond) have reached out to submit their short films to be reviewed. More film festivals were connecting with the site, as well; in one case this fall, Short Film Fan was an official media partner of the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival. This is all so incredibly encouraging and motivating. It’s an indication that Short Film Fan’s delivery of news, reviews and information about Canadian short films is hitting a positive chord with you in one way or another.

As the creator and publisher of Short Film Fan, it’s my duty to take a look at where the site is now and where I’d like it to be in the future. As you may know, time spent on each Short Film Fan post is done outside of my regular daytime activities. This fact makes it sometimes difficult to keep up with the increasing volume of article ideas and submissions. Tied in to the time spent on working on posts is the monetary cost of maintaining this site. How to find more hours to work on more posts in the most cost-effective way is one priority for me.

Also under review is the structure or format of each post. Currently, all of the articles on Short Film Fan are written either by myself or a dedicated volunteer. While some blog sites tend to lean heavily towards text, others have incorporated more audio and/or video in their articles. How to improve the readability of future articles is also an important priority.

In the end, this is Short Film Fan’s chance to look towards the future and to take the next step in becoming something bigger and better. So, with that in mind, I urge you to participate in the first-ever Short Film Fan Readership Survey. The survey consists of only 10 questions and won’t take long to complete. It’s anonymous and no personal information will be collected. The link to the survey is below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F98G6J3

Please fill out this survey no later than December 15th, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

After this date, all data will be reviewed and analyzed to get a clearer picture as to how the site should progress.

I look forward to reading your thoughts and opinions about Short Film Fan. Thank you for your participation and continued support.

Regards,

Mike Kulasza

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Short Film Fan Earns Top 25 Short Film Blog Award

Hey, short film fans! Are you ready for some amazing news?

Short Film Fan has just been selected as one of the top 25 short film blogs on the Web by Feedspot.com. A congratulatory email was sent to SFF by the founder of Feedspot, Anuj Agarwal. An award badge was also presented to SFF by Mr. Agarwal which you can see right here: https://shortfilmfan.com/awards/

Thank you very, very much Feedspot for awarding Short Film Fan a spot on your Top 25 Short Film Blogs category. This is an incredible honour to receive.

A big thank you also goes out to all Short Film Fan subscribers, readers, followers and supporters. Without you, this award would not have been possible.

To learn more about Feedspot and to check out the Top 25 Short Film Blogs list, go to https://blog.feedspot.com/short_film_blogs/

 

Short Film Fan Surpasses Total 2016 Views & Visits

Hey, Short Film Fans!

Did you hear the news?

Short Film Fan has officially surpassed last year’s total viewership and visitor numbers! In other words: Short Film Fan has been read and visited by more people this year than last year and we have 3.5 more months to go!

I want to thank all of you for making this milestone possible. I appreciate all the shares and likes of all the posts through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn which helped in reaching new readers. I also appreciate everyone who has attached links to the posts on their personal and professional webpages. I want to thank everyone who has mentioned Short Film Fan to your family, friends and colleagues and encouraging them to check out all the cool Canadian shorts being talked about here!

The content on Short Film Fan is definitely resonating with the readers out there. Canadian short films are probably some of the most brilliant, creative and fascinating films to watch out there, so who wouldn’t want to come back to the site to read more?

Let’s keep this momentum going for the rest of the year! Let’s get more people turned-on and tuned-in to news, reviews and information about Canadian shorts with Short Film Fan!

Thanks again! 🙂

 

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Short Film Fan!

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Short Film Fan!

Since its launch in May 2014, Short Film Fan has been proud of its role as a site dedicated solely to Canadian short films. It has not only become a place for film buffs to come and learn about the latest in Canadian shorts, but it has also become a resource for filmmakers. Since last year, there definitely has been an increase in the number of Canadian film producers approaching Short Film Fan with requests to have their films reviewed on the site. Hopefully, this will continue for the remainder of this year and into next year. New subscribers have been signing-up and new followers on social media have emerged. This is a positive sign that Short Film Fan is resonating with the public.

This anniversary is dedicated to everyone who has supported Short Film Fan over the past three years: subscribers, friends, family, colleagues and followers. Your interest in and support of Short Film Fan means a lot and really helps to keep the site going. This 3rd anniversary is especially dedicated to all the Canadian filmmakers who have had their films featured on the site and who graciously took the time out of their busy schedules to answer interview questions. Your participation in and support of Short Film Fan has made it what it is today.

And what anniversary would be complete without quick anniversary video greeting?

Thanks again, everyone! Happy Anniversary!

Thank You To All Of You! See You In 2017!

A year-end message from Short Film Fan creator, writer and publisher Mike Kulasza:

This year, 2016, was an incredible year for Short Film Fan. It was a year of further growth and relationship-building which, hopefully, will continue on into next year.

Readership of Short Film Fan increased over last year; the number of visits this year increased by 50% over last year’s visits. New subscribers via email and WordPress have come aboard, too. This must mean that people out there are truly interested in reading and learning about Canadian short films. Thank you to all the new and current subscribers of Short Film Fan. I appreciate your support!

Short Film Fan featured an amazing mix of Canadian filmmakers this year. I appreciate all of you for allowing me to interview you, and thank you for sharing your fantastic short films for us to watch. BJ Verot, Molly McGlynn and Margaret Lindsay Holton were our newest featured filmmakers, and we also heard from our old friends, Alan Powell and Maxime-Claude L’Ecuyer. And, who could forget Short Film Fan’s feature interview with actress/producer/writer, Katie Boland?

Short Film Fan promoted a variety of excellent film festivals, too. Female Eye Film Festival, Air Canada enRoute Film Festival, National Canadian Film Day and Toronto International Short Film Festival were all featured prominently throughout the year. It is good to know that so many film festivals in Canada screen a wide variety of Canadian shorts.

I also had the pleasure in publishing guest blog posts written by Ihor Cap, Angela Perez and Paul Krumholz. Thank you for your interest in being a guest blogger and for taking the time to write and submit your articles. I encourage more of you to send in your articles to be featured on the site. A set of blogger rules was developed and written back in the late summer especially for anyone interested in making his or her mark on Short Film Fan.

Some days, it is not enough just to sit at a desk and write blog posts. It is important for me to connect with people in-person. So, I hit the road this summer and spent a week in Toronto, where I connected with Katy Swailes, Lee-Anne Bigwood and Karen Tsang of the CBC, and James McNally of Shorts That Are Not Pants. Thanks so much for an awesome time and for your input that week!  I hope to see you all again soon.

I really enjoyed featuring weekly updates of CBC Short Film Face Off this year. It was an exciting contest this year. Thank you for all the cooperation and feedback, as well as the shout-outs online! Looking forward to working with you next season.

One of my goals this year was to expand Short Film Fan’s reach into Western Canada. This happened in the summer when the National Film Board’s Katja DeBock in Vancouver reached out and connected with me. Thank you, Katja! I’m looking forward to featuring more NFB shorts in the future.

Much thanks goes out to Alina Kelly and Maria Dasilva for communications and graphic design help. I will always be indebted to you. Thanks also to Iris Yudai for some article-writing advice this fall.

To close, I can’t thank all of you enough for your interest and support of Short Film Fan. All of you are making the site what it is. Without you, there would be no Short Film Fan. Please continue to come back as readers and please think of me again when you want to submit an article, a short to review, or a festival to feature. All of your Facebook shares, Tweets and website pingbacks mean a lot to me. Your participation shows that you value Short Film Fan for its content and worldwide reach, as well as the hard work that goes into each blog post.

It was a busy and dynamic year at Short Film Fan. I would like to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and all the best in 2017!

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